Friday, January 17, 2020

Killer Soul Mate: A Jane Larson Mystery by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

Killer Soul Mate
by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Series: Jane Larson
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC; 1 edition (December 10, 2019)
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Genre: Mystery
Print Length: 282 pages
Available from: Amazon
Jane Larson is back, and trouble abounds on New York’s Upper East Side!

A new client, Jasmine, hires Jane to undo the terms of a matrimonial agreement with her ex-husband, the owner of a prosperous hedge fund who does not like to lose. At the same time, Jane’s landlord is working to evict her from the storefront law office where her mother had practiced for many years, and Jane is forced to fight to save her mother’s legacy. However, it seems there is no way she can win.

All too soon, the bodies begin to pile up and Jane has to figure out who is responsible before she becomes one of the victims. Meanwhile, a guy named Gary is trying to worm his way into her life, and, even though she thinks he is much too young for he, she starts to fall for him. The problem is that he has a habit of showing up where the murders occur. Can she trust him?
Killer Soul Mate by Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks

Killer Soul Mate: A Jane Larson MysteryI do love Jane Larson, a no-nonsense attorney with a heart and a lease that is about to expire on her tiny little office where clients pay, if they can. Filled with New York savvy, this woman is granite hard on the outside, but pure marshmallow on the inside, which doesn’t stop her from seeing that justice is served.

The dynamic duo of Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks are back and once again, they make Jane shine! KILLER SOUL MATE finds Jane the object of desire from a young, yet slightly mysterious man, who I just couldn’t decide whether I liked him or not, which made their not-quite-a-relationship so intriguing! Add to that, a new client in need of a sweeping change to her matrimonial agreement with her ex and Jane just radiates with her brilliant, if slightly risky legal-beagleness. With everything going on, including a few dead bodies showing up, Jane has her hands full!

Hang on for some humor, some heart, a little mystery or two and some fabulous reading as Jane juggles life in the Big Apple! Highly recommended reading that ended far too soon for my taste!

I received a complimentary copy from Kenneth Hicks! This is my honest and voluntary review.

The Dawnvel Druids Two by William Collins (The Dawnvel Druids, #2)

The Dawnvel Druids Two
by William Collins

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Dawnvel Druids - Book 2
Publication Date: July 27, 2019
Publisher: William Collins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 175 pages
Available from: Amazon
Bobby has only just come to grips with the fact he can wield magic and must join the clan of druids who protect Dawnvel, but now he may just be destined to be a dark druid too, whether he wants to be or not.

Bobby may have made great friends with some of his fellow druids, and maybe more than friends with Simone, but he’s also made enemies out of others in the clan. Others that are convinced Bobby’s evil and is even the serial killer hunting druids down.

Worse, the clan already lost their leader but now an ancient demon has proclaimed one more of their number is to die, and it’s a fate they can’t escape.

Meanwhile, Simone discovers that the growing group of gargoyles residing in Dawnvel could prove to be as big of a problem as the murderer amongst them, especially if the gargoyles are ruled by a monster of immense power like she suspects.
The Dawnvel Druids Two by William Collins
(The Dawnvel Druids, #2)

The Dawnvel Druids TwoHe has made the adjustments to be a magic user and is making a place for himself at Dawnvel Academy, but Bobby’s life is still complicated and his future is now in greater turmoil than ever. Is it possible he is destined to be a dark druid? Will he become the very thing he stands against?

Demon summoning, dark revelations and the loss of their group’s leader have the group of young druid protectors in upheaval. The gargoyles are increasing in numbers and an evil force may be at play within the walls of Dawnvel. Bobby needs to take his place, to step up his game, but how can he when his future is so murky?

THE DAWNVEL DRUIDS TWO by William Collins continues this fascinating young adult series where magic and the eternal fight between good and evil rages on. Once again, Mr. Collins has stepped up and created an atmosphere that propels readers out of reality and into his world. Realistic characters, believable dialogue and the unease of the unknown come to life as the pages seem to disappear!

From start to finish, the pace is engaging, the plot well-thought out and this reader cannot wait to read more! Perfect young adult reading no matter how old you are!

I received a complimentary copy from William Collins! This is my honest and voluntary review.

#CoverReveal King's Crown by Marie Johnston

Marie Johnston is kicking off the year with the Oil Kings, a new contemporary romance series, and we're so excited to be revealing the cover for the first book! KING'S CROWN will be coming on February 24 - be sure to add it to your TBR today!


I lost my job and got kicked out by my roommate, who happens to be my ex-husband, on the same day.
If I nail one interview, I can get my life back on track. I even get to fly on a private jet with my prospective boss's dad Gentry King, a widowed oil company CEO. We'll make one stop and once Mr. King's business is done, we'll continue on to Denver where I'll hopefully land a high paying job that'll keep me from moving back in with my parents. I'm not even thirty, I can't go backwards in life.
Mr. King is unbelievably attractive and intimidating, but it's a short flight and I never have to see him again after it's done. Only we don't make it to Denver. A snow storm strands us in Wyoming where the only hotel room available has one bed. Unlike me, Mr. King remains undaunted and continues to work remotely at the desk in the room, otherwise ignoring my existence. Until the power goes out and there's nothing for us to do but get to know each other.
Between our age difference, his adult kids, and his former mother-in-law who's still in control of the company, what happens in Wyoming might have to stay in Wyoming.
King's Crown is a standalone novel in the Oil Kings series written by an award-winning author.

Pre-order now from Amazon!



Marie Johnston is a RITA® Finalist, and a best-selling and award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance – and an avid reader of them both. Several years ago, when kids started outnumbering adults in the house, Marie Johnston left her job as a public health microbiologist to stay at home. Settling into working part-time and shuttling kids around gave Marie the opportunity to think about what she wanted to be when she grew up. A die-hard science geek, she explored her previously thought to be non-existent creative side after much time spent making snowman crafts and coloring princesses. Having entertained thoughts of writing a book one day then subsequently deciding it would be too hard, she finally put the figurative pen to paper and began to type – and fell in love with story telling. The Sigma Menace is the first series by Marie with Fever Claim being her first book EVER. She is humbled by the fact that people are willing to read to her books and looks forward to keeping readers entertained for many years. Marie lives with her husband and four kids in the Upper Midwest where the summers are gorgeous, the winters are brutal, and spring and fall are luxuries. Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub

#CoverReveal Burned by Lexxi James

BURNED, the last book in Lexxi James's Alex Drake series, is coming on January 31st and we couldn't be more excited to reveal the cover today! Add BURNED to your TBR and pre-order it now!


Nothing burns like an old flame.
Marrying man Alex Drake has topped his multi-billion-dollar empire by securing the love of his life. But when an old flame re-enters the picture with information on Jack Taylor’s death, can a tough and tenacious Madison discover the truth behind her brother’s death without getting singed in the seductive crossfire?
Meet the woman who turned A.J. into Alex and find out why the name Jordan Stone is on everyone’s lips.

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Lexxi James is a best-selling author of mystery & suspense seductively wrapped in a love story. When not strapped to her laptop, she’s on a perpetual quest for the best cup of cappuccino. Her addictions include her HEA man, bourbon, and smoking hot romance novels. She loves to connect – check out her website and stalk her on social media! Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Accidental Love by Ali Atwood (Special Forces Veterans , #1)

Accidental Love

by Ali Atwood

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Series: Special Forces Veterans - Book 1
Publication Date: January 8, 2020
Publisher: Ali Atwood
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 176 pages
Available from: Amazon

Accidental Love is a romantic thriller, with no cliffhangers and a HEA ending

The book includes steamy love scenes intended for mature readers.

Delaney Cole has no interest in love and marriage, at this time. She’s a computer whiz, aiming to become a force in Silicon Valley. To pay the bills, she teaches computer science at the local high school. When a fellow teacher is murdered, Delaney finds herself the focus of a psychopath’s fantasies.

Enter Jake Torrance, Special Forces veteran, now a homicide detective with the Boston PD. Jake’s commitment to his work was a factor in the breakdown of his marriage. The follow-on slugfest divorce was life lesson he won’t soon forget.

While the murder investigation unfolds, and the killer circles closer, Jake and Delaney dance around their unexpected attraction to each other. The charismatic detective fits the image of Delaney’s fantasy lover to a T, but he’s arrived too early and at the worst possible time.

Jake struggles to stay professional, but Delaney stirs emotions he thought he could no longer feel. He starts to believe she might be his second chance at happiness—if he can keep her alive.

Accidental Love by Ali Atwood (Special Forces Veterans , #1)

Accidental Love ( Special Forces Veterans # 1 )Love finds you when you least expect, want or need it. All Delaney Cole has to do is stay alive long enough to find what she didn’t know was missing and prove to Detective Jake Torrance she isn’t a murderer, but possibly the next victim.

Ali Atwood’s ACCIDENTAL LOVE is part taut suspense and part hot romantic chemistry as two souls, burned by love, seemingly on opposite sides of the legal fence, find an attraction that is both raw and dangerous for both. There is a phantom murderer on the loose and Delaney is the common thread, yet proving her innocence and gaining the trust of Jake won’t be nearly as easy as getting him in bed.

Heavy on romance, the suspense sneaks up on readers as the tension all around ratchets up a few notches and some dizzying twists spiral to this tale’s conclusion. Easy to read, easy to play detective while doing so with great dialogue, interesting characters popping up. Definitely a book not to miss!

Love finds you when you least expect, want or need it. All Delaney Cole has to do is stay alive long enough to find what she didn’t know was missing and prove to Detective Jake Torrance she isn’t a murderer, but possibly the next victim.

Ali Atwood’s ACCIDENTAL LOVE is part taut suspense and part hot romantic chemistry as two souls, burned by love, seemingly on opposite sides of the legal fence, find an attraction that is both raw and dangerous for both. There is a phantom murderer on the loose and Delaney is the common thread, yet proving her innocence and gaining the trust of Jake won’t be nearly as easy as getting him in bed.

Heavy on romance, the suspense sneaks up on readers as the tension all around ratchets up a few notches and some dizzying twists spiral to this tale’s conclusion. Easy to read, easy to play detective while doing so with great dialogue, interesting characters popping up. Definitely a book not to miss!

I received a complimentary copy from Ali Atwood! This is my honest and voluntary review.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone
by Greer Hendricks

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 3, 2020)
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: Suspense | Thriller
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.

You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.

Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.
You Are Not Alone
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not AloneAhh, the webs we weave…if it seems too good to be true…the list could go on. Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks are the consummate writing duo when it comes to the chilling and twisted.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE is the story of a woman in need-in need of love, friendship, self-esteem and the feeling of belonging and the two sisters who smelled her weaknesses and preyed upon them like hungry sharks swimming in a sea of fresh chum.

Brilliantly devious, dark and emotionally riveting, this dark tale is incredible in its stark and raw presentation as the strong devour the weak, one bite at a time. Page after page, this one is as unbelievable as it is terrifying. You will wonder what this world has come to that minds can be so twisted or weak.

Take a walk on the dark side of emotional need and cannibalism of the soul. Excellent reading!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review.

If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews

If We Were Giants
by Dave Matthews
My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Disney Hyperion (March 17, 2020)
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Genre: Children's Fantasy | Multigenerational
Print Length: 304 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Kirra, a curious, agile, and outgoing girl, lives in an idyllic community hidden inside a dormant volcano. She and her father are the only two people allowed to venture beyond its walls. Kirra is in training to become a Storyteller like him, and together they travel from village to village spreading fearsome tales designed to keep outsiders away from their secret nest. One day, after hearing rumors of strangers called the "Takers," Kirra leaves the volcano by herself, hoping to discover her own story. But she unknowingly leads the Takers back to her doorstep, and they rob her of everything she has ever held dear. A devastated Kirra is found by a boy named Luwan and adopted into his family, which lives among others high in the trees of a dense forest. Now quiet and withdrawn, Kirra hides her dark past from everyone and never wants to leave the safety of her tree dwelling. Luwan, on the other hand, loves to explore. One day it leads to trouble: He is captured while spying on a group of strangers. The Takers have returned. To save the Tree Folk, Kirra must face her inner demons and summon all her storytelling to weave the most important tale of her life. This compelling novel about overcoming loss, embracing community, and living in harmony with nature is highlighted with a full-color insert of concept artwork, making it perfect for family sharing.
If We Were Giants by Dave Matthews

If We Were GiantsIf you give your child only one book to read or share, give them IF WE WERE GIANTS by Dave Matthews. Yes, THAT Dave Matthews. Apparently, he is not only a passionate artist in the world of music and an advocate for saving the Earth, this man has the chops for writing that delivers more than words on a page. It delivers the message of acceptance, valuing family and community and doing anything necessary to keep it safe while teaching how to live in peace with those who are different.

Kirra lost her first family, but she never forgot the lessons her storyteller father had taught her. Her inner guilt at her part in the death of her community was buried deep, even as another tribe took her in and raised her as their own. Will history repeat itself as her new community is threatened by strangers who take what they need from others? It will be her determination to reveal her past that could save her future and that of those around her.

Brilliant, creative and heartwarming, this tale is a tale of bravery, of trust and perseverance. It is a tale of honesty and the courage it takes to take a stand against an evil that threatens humanity, as well as the planet. Colorful and youthful characters come together with resourceful ideas and the adults of their community actually LISTEN.

Delightful reading geared to all ages or family sharing, lessons to be learned and an adventure to live alongside the characters.

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Disney Hyperion! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Disarray by Jessie Cal (Disarray Series, #1)

by Jessie Cal

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Disarray - Book 1
Publisher: Writing Avalanche; 1 edition (May 1, 2018)
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 269 pages
Available from: Amazon

Mia was not surprised to find herself crawling out of a lake in the middle of the night. She'd been sleepwalking a lot lately, and although it just started, she was by no means a stranger to new things.

It'd been four months since Mia woke up with no memory—no recollection of any of the 24-years of her life. She didn't remember getting married, or even moving to the small town of Cooper Creek. But what bothered her the most was not knowing why she kept having the same recurring nightmare about the Chinese tattoo on her ring finger.

When Mia discovered how to trigger back her memories, she was taken aback by the fact that her past didn't match her current life. When Mia experienced a trigger so intense that she had a seizure, she learned that any further triggers could cause permanent damage to her brain.

On the edge of her doubts, will she risk her mental stability to find out the truth about her past?

Disarray by Jessie Cal (Disarray Series, #1)

Disarray (Disarray Series  Book, #1)What if you had lost all of your memories? Mia woke up one day with no memories of her past, her life torn from her. What happened? Were the dreams and nightmares she endured the missing pieces of her life? What of the people around her? Is she really married? Why can’t she remember the man at her side? Why does she keep waking up in strange places? Why? Why? Why? Who can she trust?

DISARRAY by Jessie Cal is suspense and mystery at its best! Sort through the myriad of clues, events and unknowns along with Mia. This author has created a mind boggling tale of the unknown as page after page left field events come roaring together into an ending that hits with the intensity of a tsunami!

Great reading, great writing! A cast of characters who may or may not be who they seem, just when you think you have figured out, BAM! Who is/was Mia?

I received a complimentary copy from Jessie Cal! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Sweet Intentions by J. Haney & S.I. Hayes

Sweet Intentions
by J. Haney

My rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Haney Hayes Books (November 29, 2019)
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Genre: Holiday Romance | Novella
Print Length: 110 pages
Available from: Amazon

Absence makes the heart grow fonder unless you're Samuel Benson.

Betrayed by his own brother and the love of his life, Sam has stayed away for ten years until the death of the Benson Patriarch lures him home. Taking care of the Christmas Tree Farm is one thing, but can he face his past and reconcile the choices that were made, or will it all blow up in his face?

Peyton Miller was the girl next door. She’s been in love with the boy on Church Street since she was eight, but circumstance put her in the arms of his brother. Ten years later, Peyton is widowed with two children and a third on the way. Will she ever feel like her old self again? Will she be able to chisel the ice from Sam's heart to find the path to forgiveness? Can she even forgive herself?

Sweet Intentions by J. Haney & S.I. Hayes

Sweet Intentions: A Christmas NovellaHe left home a decade before feeling hurt, betrayed and lost. It was only the death of his father that brought Sam Benson home, that and a chance to see Peyton again. Was she still the woman he lost to his now deceased brother?

Peyton’s life didn’t turn out how she thought it would, a widowed mother of two, another on the way, she knew she had chosen the wrong brother and now Sam is back, but do they even stand a chance to make a life together? Should they even try or have the memoires clouded their reality?

SWEET INTENTIONS is a quick, second chance romance by J. Haney and S.I. Hayes that has an earthy feel to it, no hi-polished sex, just raw and carnal attraction between two people who lost a decade together and were unsure where they were headed, so why not start in bed? While I thought Sam was definitely a “book hero” kind of guy, I just never warmed up to the recently widowed Peyton or her son who was far too young to be so outspoken. The warm, “holiday feel” was not what I hope for a Christmas romance.

An earthy read, no pretenses, but for me, no warm romantic vibes, either.

I received a complimentary copy from J. Haney! This is my honest and voluntary review.

#CoverReveal Wild Minds Duet by J.Saman

Today we are revealing the gorgeous coves for J. Saman’s WILD MINDS Duet! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy for the fantastic sale price on February 27th!

Title: Love To Hate Her

Author: J. Saman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 27th

About Love To Hate Her:

A rare moment of weakness. A burning desire impossible to deny. Forbidden words I should never have spoken. Seven years ago, I confessed my darkest secret to my brother’s girlfriend. When she broke up with him and walked out of our lives, she took my secret with her. But, with my band set to go on tour around the world, I have a problem. I need a nanny for my autistic daughter. And unfortunately, Viola Starr, my brother’s ex, is the perfect fit. Now, there is no escaping her. Or our past. Especially when my brother seems determined to win her back. Five months and she’ll be out of my life again. Five months of ignoring lingering, heated glances. The fire she draws out of me. The way she loves my daughter. Five months… And my world is about to come crashing down around me. 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Her fingers rake through my hair, tugging until my eyes drag up to hers. “I have a million reasons to leave, Jasper. A million. You push me past my every limit day in and day out. You hate me. Ignore me. Fight with me. Tease me. Tempt me. Make me feel alive and forgotten in the same breath. I have a million reasons to leave. I need one reason to stay. One reason that isn’t your little girl.” I stare into her, my fingers brushing back the long strands of her hair from her face. I hold that reason on my tongue, tasting its sweetness as it burns me like venom. It’s a truth I can’t let go. One I’m not ready for her to have. I’ll probably never be. “He loves you. You love him. How’s that for a reason?” She shakes her head at me, her frustration palpable. “Is that what you’re really thinking right now while I’m sitting on your lap in the dark? With all that we’ve done together this past week? That I love him?” “It’s the only thing that matters between us.” “You’re a liar.” “Am I?” I question, tilting my head, Jules’s words pounding through my skull so loud I can hardly see, let alone think, past them. She loves him. Not you. Again, what reason would Jules have to lie to me about that? They’re best friends. Best friends who likely tell each other everything. Isn’t that what girls do? “I don’t want to hurt like this when I look at you anymore. I’m tired of hating you while not being able to stop thinking about you.” My lips descend into the base of her neck, directly over her pulse that thrums beneath me. My eyes close, and I inhale a silent breath. I’m tired of loving you while not being able to have you. “You don’t hate me, Viola.” “You’re right. I don’t hate you, Jasper. You’re the one who can’t make up his mind.” “What is it you’re looking for from me?” I speak against her skin. “What is it you think I have to give you when you belong to him? You want me to stop hating you? Done. You want me to be nice? I can fucking try. You want me to fuck this thing out of us? I will. Tell me what you want, and I’ll give you anything. Because while you have a million reasons to go, and you’re looking for one to stay other than my daughter, she’s the only reason I can give you to stay when I have a million for you to go.” Her breath hitches, her head falling back as my tongue swipes out, stealing a taste. My hands drop from her hair, sliding along her narrow shoulders, over the top of her chest, down her ribs, my thumbs brushing the sides of her full tits through her shirt as I go. Her body trembles against mine as my hands grasp her waist, my nose gliding up the long column of her neck. My body unable to hold back as I lick and suck and kiss her there. Only there. If I kiss her mouth, there will be no going back.

Title: Hate To Love Him

Author: J. Saman

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 19th

About Hate To Love Him:

A gorgeous, brooding rock god. An unstoppable chemistry we fight to ignore. Desperate passion I want indelibly inked on my soul. Jobless and financially destitute, I have no choice but to see this tour through. Even with my boss hating my guts. A fact he goes out of his way to prove every chance he gets. Lucky for me, the best part of Jasper Diamond is his daughter. But being the nanny on the road with one of the world’s biggest rock bands poses more challenges than I was expecting – including falling for the elusive front man. But with the world chasing after us, how long can we hide what others are determined to exploit? They say there is a thin line between love and hate. That all good things must come to an end. Set on a collision course, nothing could have prepared us for this. Or for what fate has in store for us.

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About J. Saman:

J. Saman loves all types of novels, but finds herself always going back to writing/reading romances. She's addicted to Diet Coke and sour candy, and swears way too much. She's an admitted lover of picking at old wounds, second chance romances, love triangles and the perfect amount of angst . She writes smart, strong women and sexy alpha (slightly nerdy) men who have a softer side.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Destruction of Rose by Rachel M. Raithby Blitz & #Giveaway

The Destruction of Rose

Albany Nightingale Duet, Book 1 by Rachel M. Raithby Publication Date: January 11, 2020 Genres: Mature Young Adult, Bully Romance
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If I’d known then what I know now, I’d never have tried to reclaim my crown. After fleeing London and the scandal that tore my family apart, I’m left broken, confused, and mourning a life I never realized was so fragile. I’m used to being on top. I’m used to being admired, and now I’m desperate for a way back in. I think I’ve found it when I see Aston Cole—my first crush, my first kiss—at my new school. But Ash isn’t who he used to be. He’s the king. And me… well, I’m not going down without a fight—even with the lies and secrets filling the school halls around us.

The Resurrection of Us

Albany Nightingale Duet, Book 2 by Rachel M. Raithby Publication Date: March 27, 2020 Genres: Mature Young Adult, Bully Romance
The crown is mine. Revenge was dealt. But at what cost? I've destroyed those who have wronged me, but lost a piece of myself along the way. The boy I love, hates me and I hate him. We've both done things that can't be forgiven and as much as the connection between us burns, I'm not sure it's enough to fix what we broke. I'm a broken queen, in a tainted kingdom and maybe I got what I deserved...

About Rachel M. Raithby

Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn’t looked back.
She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies.
She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all.